How will I pay the legal fees for a divorce?

How will I pay the legal fees for a divorce?

There are many things to think about when going through a divorce, and one of the most stressful aspects of the process is wondering how do you pay for it. The vast majority of divorce cases no longer qualify for legal aid. This may mean you will need to pay for your divorce out of your savings, income or by some other means.

How much does a divorce cost?

The cost of a divorce varies depending on your situation and how much your solicitor charges. However, no matter how simple or complicated your divorce is, you must pay a court fee of £550 (correct as of 2016) this also applies to DIY divorces. Some divorce solicitor firms charge a fixed fee for divorce, but many will only do this for a divorce that is not contested and will start to charge by the hour if matters get more complicated – for example if there are children and a family home to consider.

It is always advisable to seek the advice of an experienced solicitor in the case of a divorce, especially if there are children and joint assets such as property and/or a business to consider.

Legal aid

In England and Wales, legal aid is no longer available for divorce unless domestic violence – – can be proved. However, legal aid may be obtained for mediation, but this is means tested.

Please note that Barber & Co do not take on legal aid clients.

Barber & Co payment

At Barber & Co, we offer a fixed fee divorce and an expert personalised service in relation to resolution of financial issues or matters arising in respect of children for which we charge by the hour. We do accept payment of fees on account and in instalments to make the cost of divorce manageable for our clients.

In rare circumstances, where there is a wealth imbalance between spouses, we can consider making an application to the court for a Legal Services Order to ask the spouse in the stronger position to pay the other spouse’s legal fees. This can only be done when certain requirements have been met and it may affect how assets are distributed.